Houstonians looking for something to do in July in the Bellaire, Meyerland, West University and surrounding areas have a number of options to choose from, including an author lectures, symphony performances and a kimono trunk show at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Celebration of Independence Parade & Festival: The city of Bellaire will host a celebration with food, live music and two patriotic parades. The main parade will start at South Rice Avenue and Valerie Street, while the children’s bike parade will start at South Rice Avenue and Evergreen Street. Both parades will end at South Rice Avenue and Linden Street, and will be followed by a festival at Bellaire Town Square on the Great Lawn and in Loftin Park. Find a list of other Fourth of July events throughout Houston here.Kimono Zulu trunk show: Kimono Zulu, a fashion brand that draws inspiration from traditional Japanese attire, hosts a three-day trunk show leading up to the kickoff of a new "Meiji Modern: Fifty Years of New Japan" exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, on July 7. The trunk show features a collection of reimagined vintage kimonos by contemporary artists and fashion designers.Summer Symphony Nights: See a live performance from the Houston Symphony at the Miller Outdoor Theatre, located on 7.5 acres in Hermann Park. Tickets are free and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.'The Woman in Black': Main Street Theater in Rice Village debuts a play telling the story of Arthur Kipps, a man who believes a curse has been cast on his family by the titular "Woman in Black." The play is directed by Philip Hays and is based on the story by English writer Susan Hill.Authors in conversation: Daniel Silva: The Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, in partnership with Murder By The Book, hosts Daniel Silva, author of "A Death in Cornwall," among other New York Times bestselling works. Ticket price includes a copy of "A Death in Cornwall."Rachael Cerrotti book signing: Holocaust Museum Houston hosts a book signing with autho, educator and curator Rachael Cerrotti for her book "We Share The Same Sky: A Memoir of Memory and Migration," a decade-long story following her grandmother’s wartime history. The book-signing will take place following a free public lecture by Cerrotti.
  • July 18, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Free with advanced registration
  • 5401 Caroline St., Houston
  • www.hmh.org
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: The Greatest Show On Earth The circus is coming to NRG Stadium. Attendees will see an immersive, 360-degree performance of triangular highwire, criss-cross wire trapeze and bicycle trampoline.
  • July 19, 7:30 p.m.; July 20-21, 11 a.m., 3 p.m., & 7 p.m.
  • $20-$125
  • 8825 Kirby Drive, Houston
  • www.nrgpark.com
Summer Jam 2024: Explore Rice University’s Moody Center for the Arts at this event, which will offer an indoor farmer’s market, hot food vendors, multiple art activities and live entertainment for guests of all ages.Mess Makers: Children between the ages of 3-7 years old with an adult caregiver are invited to the pavilions outside the Nature Discovery Center for sensory play, where they will make art with slime and other “things that ooze.”